Kong: Skull Island

New this month Continuity mistake: At the time Marlow lands on the island the sun shines like it's noon but after he gets into the jungle the sun is lower, like it's dawn.


Plot hole: The idea that Marlow would simply take a taxi to his wife's address after being missing in action for thirty odd years is stupid beyond belief. He was on a ship sailing from the central Pacific for days and those ships have radios! The US military would have known he was coming. Someone, somewhere would have notified the authorities that a US serviceman long thought dead was actually alive and on his way home and his wife and son would have been there on the docks to greet him, not standing slack-jawed in the kitchen dropping trays of drinks on the floor when he turned up! What would have happened if she had remarried? Or moved house? Or she was dead? Don't tell me the US military didn't know he was coming - he is wearing a brand new uniform, clean and pressed.


Other mistake: Throughout the film Mason goes through all sorts of shenanigans - explosions, fire fights, falling off a cliff, almost drowning, this woman really goes through the wringer. It's a bit surprising then, that at the very end of the film when the good guys finally come to the rescue that she looks like she has just finished posing for a shampoo commercial with not a hair out of place.

Factual error: In the scene at the Bangkok docks, the ship has the name Athena but with the Greek letter Lambda instead of each capital letter A. This would make the name something like Lthenl, and is a nonsense mix of Greek and English (Roman) letters.

Factual error: When she is detailing her military experience Mason mentions she was "embedded with MACV-SOG." The practice of embedding journalists with military units during wartime did not become a formal practice until the Iraq War of 2003. Prior to that many journalists during the Vietnam War, like Joe Galloway who was with the 7th Cavalry at the Ia Drang Valley, had to find their own way to the battlefield. Additionally "embedding" was not a term that would have been used by the military or the press at that time.

Factual error: Ka-Bar knives with serrations on the blade were not sold until the 1990s.

Continuity mistake: During the arrival to the island there are 11 choppers. The first time Kong appears he takes down two. In the next sequence where they all see him for the first time 11 choppers still fly by Kong. (00:30:40)

Factual error: When Packard and his men arrive on the island, they are seen wearing ALICE gear (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment). The film takes place in 1973, that type of gear would've just finished testing phases in 1973. The soldiers would be more accurately equipped with M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment (LCE) or M-1967 Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment (MCLE).


Continuity mistake: When the group has just encountered Kong, a visually dramatic scene shows Kong silhouetted against a deep orange setting sun. Yet immediately before and immediately after the scene, the sun is high in the sky and it does not get dark for what would be several hours in the movie timeline. (00:31:50)


Factual error: At the end, Hank is drinking a Budweiser long-neck - they weren't introduced until the 90's.

Continuity mistake: After Kong has destroyed all of the helicopters, Cole opens a tin of meat that is full to the top when it is first opened, but in the next shot, he takes one spoon full, and the tin is less full.

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Continuity mistake: When Col Packard is introduced, one can see on the left side of the desk behind him a wooden object beside a picture. In the next shot that object moves to the right behind the radio, only to return to the picture in the following shot. And it moves after this shot again behind the radio, and then stays there. (00:10:00 - 00:11:00)

Continuity mistake: When Col Packard shoots the "ugly bird" he is aiming left handed but after he shoots he is holding the weapon right handed.

Continuity mistake: When Weaver is on the top of the rocks to fire the flare gun to signal the boat, she is wearing her camera/tote bag around her and you can see it on her when she fires the flare at the skull crawler but when she is knocked off the rocks and falls backwards into the water, she isn't wearing the bag.

Factual error: All the helicopters shown have wire strike protection systems fitted. They weren't produced until 1979.


Other mistake: Chapman was a Captain and referred to as such before and after being introduced as "Major Chapman" at the initial briefing.

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